​Self-Made: inspiring the next generation to lead the way through culture

Posted in News on by Kat Boon
​Self-Made: inspiring the next generation to lead the way through culture Newcastle Borough Council in partnership with Appetite have been awarded funding from the Police Commissioner’s Proceeds of Crime Fund to deliver a new project engaging young people to create and deliver their own cultural events.  

Appetite’s Self Made Programme, part of the Appetite Cultural Academy, will see us work with three groups of young people aged 13-18 living in the Newcastle borough, in the areas of Chesterton, Audley and Kidsgrove.

Appetite will run a series of hands-on workshops exploring everything from planning your event to how to manage it, from raising funds to programming, bringing in experts from across the arts industry to share their words of wisdom and skills. Appetite will mentor the groups to support them every step of the way, helping them to bring their ideas to life in a one-day event for their local community.

Self-Made will also see us work with the groups to try and identify underused plots of land in their communities, otherwise known as ‘grot spots’, where these events could take place. The groups will give them a new lease of life, transforming them into fun and exciting spaces where the local community can come together and see them in a different light.

Karl, Appetite Project Director says, ‘Self-Made is all about inspiring young people to make things happen for themselves and making a difference where they live. We want to train up the next generation of people in these communities so they can lead the way in the future and bring their communities to life by putting on cultural events. Young people sometimes get a bad rap in the press;  this is a fantastic opportunity for us to shine a light on the huge and untapped potential of young people by getting them to do something creative and positive in their community. This way of working will help them get noticed in their community for all the right reasons.’

The workshops will begin in December 2017 with the groups delivering the events in their communities in summer 2018.

We are still on the hunt for groups in Audley and Chesterton to be part of this programme. If you are interested in taking part please email

Watch this space to find out what the groups get up to.

Image courtesy of Chris Patrick Photography. 


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